Hi. I've just joined the forum.
I smoked for nearly 50 years. I've given up from time to time but never lasted very long. I got along fine, in fact I enjoyed smoking.
Well, for the past 12 months I've not felt all that well. I was always tired and couldn't walk the distances I used to. Even digging the garden was more of an effort. It all culminated at Christmas when I went down with flu-like symptoms but was terribly short of breath and with legs and feet horribly swollen. In the end, on my GP's 2nd visit, I was sent into hospital where they found I had pneumonia with some long-term lung damage, though much less than I deserve. Anyway I'm being treated with oxygen therapy etc. and I'm well on the way to recovery.
It's 3 weeks since I had my last cigarette. The odd thing is that I haven't missed the nicotine at all but I do miss the action of smoking. I'm determined not to take it up again so when I feel the urge to smoke I either have a long, soft drink or a large handful of fruit - 5 a day has become more like 25.
I still have 10 cigarettes and a lighter tucked away in a drawer and I daren't get rid of them. While they are there, they are my "insurance" and the day I can put them in the bin I will know I really and truly am an ex-smoker. Until then, wish me luck.